Monday, September 19, 2016

Disney 2016 - Day 3

The third day of our trip was all about Animal Kingdom! Now, I feel like Animal Kingdom is a polarizing park. People tend to either love it or hate it. Personally, I love it. But after being there with my kids, I can see why it isn't most family's first choice. There just weren't enough kiddie rides & princesses to compete with the Magic Kingdom or Epcot. 

The one thing that Animal Kingdom does have going for kids is the Wilderness Explorers program from Up! There are tons of stations throughout the park & you can earn badges throughout the day. Ella was pretty little for this still, but I saw a lot of elementary age kids that were loving it. The guidebook they gave her was pretty informative too. The picture below is of her taking her oath :) 

Animal Kingdom was HOT - probably the hottest of all the parks we visited. The reason for this is that it's built into a bowl so that it traps the heat & keeps the temperature suitable for the animals that live there year round. We were really sweaty though!

Our favorite ride of the day was the Kilimanjaro Safari ride. We did it once when we arrived at the park & then again at night after we'd come back for dinner. I loved it both times & we heard some different information each time.

Livy was pretty interested in the animals and Ella was REALLY interested in the animals. She knew tons of the lesser known savanna animals because of the Lion Guard and I really enjoyed listening to her explain what an Okapi is to my dad :)

Since it was so hot, we did a pretty long afternoon swim & break this day. Livy loved being in the baby pool with her Aunt Britt. She was able to walk around and play with her toys without anyone bothering her. They also had a toddler pool party at the larger pool & Ella loved that! One day the theme was Disney Junior & she was SO into it.

After our swim break, we headed back to Animal Kingdom with my parents for a bit while Britt & Matt went to Disney Springs. I think they needed a break from us :)

We had dinner at Restaurant-o-saurus and then the adults took turns riding Mt. Everest again. We spent a little time at Dino-land where Ella rode the Triceratop Spin, and then rode the safari again. At that point, we contemplated staying for the Jungle Book show, but it was already a mob scene and we were exhausted. We decided to just call it a night - so we grabbed another dose of Starbucks & headed for the buses!

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